Am I being OTT?
Thanks Thanks:  0
Likes Likes:  2
Dislikes Dislikes:  0
Results 1 to 4 of 4

Thread: Am I being OTT?

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2013
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Am I being OTT?

    Hey all- newbie here after some advice!!

    I currently look after a 5 year old along with his sister 5 days a week- our contract is for after school pick ups and holidays. The trouble we have is that he hasn't settled and since September has been doing half days- these have now dropped to half days on Thursdays and Fridays. I agreed this with his mum but before half term told them that the Friday pick up is a problem because I have to pick up my own daughter from preschool. They assured me he would be out in time to get up tot he preschool. Trouble is he never is and I have had to pick my daughter up an hour earlier each week which obviously means I am paying for an hour she isn't using

    They now want to continue the half days until Christmas and they either need to switch days or pay for the extra hour- this has led to them getting very shirty!!

    Am I in the right here. Or am I being over the too for an hours fees? Sorry for the essay and advice would be great!!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    over the hills and far away...
    Registered Childminder since
    july 08
    Latest Inspection Grade
    Post Thanks / Like


    Hi ,

    I agree with you that it can't continue: they need to negotiate a more convenient day/time for collection really. You are doing them a favour by changing your daughter's pick up time from the other nursery, but they may not see it like that as they didn't ask you to.... if you see what I mean?

    If it was me I would've just been late to collect my child once and then explained immediately what had happened and that I wouldn't be able to risk it again. Ball in their court.
    They are probably a bit miffed that you have 'kind of' gone along with it by collecting your daughter early, (so they assumed it was ok) and are only now getting tough.

    Just keep things clear and simple and professional. And re-explain the situation if you need to : "I did explain that I thought the Friday collection would be a problem. It is. Please change the day/time. If that is not possible, I can collect my daughter earlier, but as I have to pay her nursery fees for that time I will need to pass the cost on to you. "

    Let me know which option you want to go with by x/x/x. Thank you.......

    Good luck

  3. Likes bunyip liked this post
  4. #3
    Join Date
    Dec 2012
    Registered Childminder since
    Mar 08
    Latest Inspection Grade
    Post Thanks / Like


    I would say to them Fridays are not working out, because it is making you late to pick up your daughter. The problem being, how much do you need them? If you end up losing out for the sake of 1 hours fee? Weigh up the pros and cons.

  5. #4
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Registered Childminder since
    May 13
    Latest Inspection Grade
    Post Thanks / Like
    Blog Entries


    I think you need to work out what you are prepared to compromise on and what you will not change. You obviously aren't happy with having to pick your daughter up an hour early (I wouldn't be either) so I would say that this is the thing that you are not prepared to compromise on. Therefore, Mum and Dad need to make other arrangements. I wouldn't expect them to pay for the extra hour (I assume this means you are expecting them to pay your daughter's nursery fee for that hour, is that right?). I would give them the choice - either he does a full day on Friday and you pick him up at the end of the day or if they want him to do a half day on Friday, they will have to arrange for someone else to collect him as you can't. Alternatively offer to collect him from school after you have collected your daughter. I suppose the other option is to ask permission from the parents to speak with the school and negotiate with them that he comes out in time for you to get to preschool.

  6. Likes bindy liked this post


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

Quick Links and Advertisements

Important Information Links
Some Useful Quick Links


You can also find us on:
Am I being OTT? Am I being OTT? Am I being OTT?

We use cookies to make this site as useful as possible. They are small text files placed in your browser to track usage of our site but they don’t tell us who you are.
By continuing to use this site you are consenting to cookies being placed on your computer. Find out more here: Cookies in Use

Childminding Help and the Childminding Forum are part of